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    Richard Proenneke
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    Where are you located? I've got an OD Kif Duplex frame I'd be happy to move on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benny View Post
    Where are you located? I've got an OD Kif Duplex frame I'd be happy to move on.
    I went ahead and bought the DG16 by Crossfire and haven't taken it out on a proper trip yet, just a few short hikes around home but I'm really happy with it. The pack is really well manufactured and I love the design, looking forward to taking it out on some longer trips hopefully soon.

    Thanks for the input everyone and sorry it took so long for me to reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carious View Post
    I went ahead and bought the DG16 by Crossfire and haven't taken it out on a proper trip yet, just a few short hikes around home but I'm really happy with it. The pack is really well manufactured and I love the design, looking forward to taking it out on some longer trips hopefully soon.

    Thanks for the input everyone and sorry it took so long for me to reply.
    I'd be interested to hear what you think of the new crossfire pack. I've got one of the older dg3's and really like some of the design features but could never get it to fit me 100%

    Military Gear are having a big sale on Mystery Ranch which I would have highly recommend. I used them extensively across the middle east while contracting and put them thru hell, never let me down and were very comfortable with heavy loads.

    http://www.militarygear.com.au/brand...ery-Ranch.html

    http://www.militarygear.com.au/copy-...-bvs-multicam/

    http://www.militarygear.com.au/myste...e-6500-coyote/

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    I was going to say why do you need such an over engineered military pack unless you are thinking of invading a small country.
    If you like wilderness equipment then the mountain pack is good.

    http://wildernessequipment.com.au/de...n%20Expedition

    And half the price. I've used mine in Nepal and it's fantastic..

    Swampy

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    Quote Originally Posted by swampy99 View Post
    I was going to say why do you need such an over engineered military pack unless you are thinking of invading a small country.
    If you like wilderness equipment then the mountain pack is good.

    http://wildernessequipment.com.au/de...n%20Expedition

    And half the price. I've used mine in Nepal and it's fantastic..

    Swampy
    Reliability and durability are two major factors for myself. I use hiking packs when walking/backpacking but found that these don't stand up as well in the hunting in the scrub . Your mileage will vary but i was going thru a pack a season when using lighter hiking style packs, usually due to the fabric failing (rips and tears). Running my MR or HRO packs, i dont have these issues

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    Quote Originally Posted by odgens View Post
    I'd be interested to hear what you think of the new crossfire pack. I've got one of the older dg3's and really like some of the design features but could never get it to fit me 100%

    Military Gear are having a big sale on Mystery Ranch which I would have highly recommend. I used them extensively across the middle east while contracting and put them thru hell, never let me down and were very comfortable with heavy loads.

    http://www.militarygear.com.au/brand...ery-Ranch.html

    http://www.militarygear.com.au/copy-...-bvs-multicam/

    http://www.militarygear.com.au/myste...e-6500-coyote/
    I've only taken it out on a couple of hill hikes but it is pretty good so far, still getting used to it though. The frame is really comfortable and snug but might be a bit small if you're a 6"4 giant or have a really long torso, I think it could do with being a bit longer so the load lifters are up a bit higher although I haven't fully figured out it's adjustments yet and I'm not a pack designer.
    The pack itself is put together really well though, really liking the design of the pack and the zips especially on the side for easy access to the center of the pack if you don't feel like taking everything out through the top to get to something in the middle and they slide as smooth as silk but I guess that's to be expected when it's new. It's also really compressible, although probably not quite as much as the Kifaru AMR but I've taken a half load and compressed it down to daypack mode and it did well, wasn't bouncing around noticeably. So I'll see how it holds up in a couple of months but overall I'm really happy with it.


    I was going to say why do you need such an over engineered military pack unless you are thinking of invading a small country.
    If you like wilderness equipment then the mountain pack is good.

    http://wildernessequipment.com.au/de...n%20Expedition

    And half the price. I've used mine in Nepal and it's fantastic..

    Swampy
    Main reason I got it was for hunting and I need it to be bombproof because of hunting in thick, close country where you're bound to get a stick jammed in the side of your pack so I wanted something I knew would last.
    For hiking etc the Wilderness Equipment ones look amazing and designed by the same person as the DG16, I'll probably end up getting one of those too, but this pack was mainly for backpack hunting.

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    Fair point on the hunting..

    The WE mountain pack is bombproof and with dpm cover would do just as well..

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    Good on you man. I got to play with one the other week. Outstanding build quality & features Crossfire are renowned for.

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